DON’T MISS THIS LIVE LENTEN PLAY

DON’T MISS THIS LIVE PASSION PLAY!

We are blessed once again to offer the live musical drama entitled “Whom Shall I Send”.  This beautifully produced play is being presented to us in the sanctuary of the church on Sunday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Whom Shall I Send? Is an exciting musical that finds its roots in the New Testament as it depicts God’s call to the disciples and their response.  The play explores the humanity of the disciples—their doubts, fears and joys as they respond to the call of the risen Christ.  The energetic dialogue, vibrant songs and dances celebrate the spiritual journey of Peter, Paul, John, Mary Magdalene and Lydia.  It explores the unique way that each character is called by God and inspires audiences to reflect on the call of God in their lives.   This poignant and moving drama engages  the audience in a story of faith, love and friendship.

The Xavier Company is a group of professional actors, singers and dancers in residence at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan under the direction of Carol Ferrone.

Entrance to this play is free, but we urge you to help with the work of Xavier Company by placing a free will offering in the basket located at the break.  Thank you.

 

 

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by Susan Dugary

Mary’s Way of the Cross and 24 Hours for the Lord

“24 Hours for the Lord” is an initiative of the Holy Father begun three years ago. During this time, the faithful will have the opportunity to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament which will be exposed for this purpose.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD begins here at Mother of Divine Providence Parish on Friday, March 29th and continues through Saturday, March 30th until 2:45 PM.

As we celebrate this special time in our parish, we will begin with the live presentation of “Mary’s Way of the Cross” at 7:00 PM on March 29th. This live version of the Stations of the Cross is presented in Mary’s words. Nancy Server Thompson, Music Director at Camilla Hall will play the part of Mary; Sister Anne Phillip will be the narrator. Our “24 Hours for the Lord” will continue immediately after this program as the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Sign-up sheets are located at the doors of the church this weekend. Please help us to make sure that Our Lord is never unattended from 8:00 PM March 29th through 3:00 PM on March 30th.  Please be sure to continue your Lenten journey by participating in this special time.

On Friday, March 29th, join us for the opening of “24 Hours for the Lord” beginning with a a presentation of “Where You There”.  A Passion Play from the perspective of Our Lord’s mother, Mary.  Exposition of the Blessing Sacrament will begin immediately after the Stations and Adoration will continue throughout the night.

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by Susan Dugary

FATHER CIOPPI INVITES YOU TO MDP’S PARISH TRIP TO FRANCE

14-24 OCTOBER 2019

www.ventrescatravel.net

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A TRIP THROUGH FASCINATING FRANCE WITH A VISIT TO LOURDES AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • World War II Battlefields of Normandy in this 75th Anniversary Year and the American Cemetery
  • Full-Day Tour of Parish, including Notre Dame Cathedral; Rue de Bac (Miraculous Medal); Sacre Coeur and Montmartre
  • Guided visit of the Island of Saint Michael
  • Guided visit to Versailles
  • Full day guided tour of Lisieux (Shrine of Saint Theresa, the Little Flower)
  • Visit Nevers, the resting place of Saint Bernadette
  • Guided Tour of the Papal Palace in Avignon
  • Full day visit to the Shrine at Lourdes
  • Visit the Birthplace of Saint Vincent De Paul in Puoy on the way to the town of Bordeaux

DURING THE TRIP, THERE WILL BE TWO WINE-TASTING EXCURSIONS –

CHATEAUNEUF DE PAPE AND BORDEAUX

DETAILS:

  • Nine nights accommodations
  • Nine Breakfasts
  • Six planned Dinners
  • English-speaking tour Escort throughout

Price starts at $3,653 per person, Land only, based on Double Occupancy.  If there are more than 35 participants, the price will reflect the discount.

 


 

 

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by Susan Dugary

LENTEN SERIES ON VICE CONQUERED BY VIRTUE

ASH WEDNESDAY

As 21st-century believers, we readily acknowledge that we have never walked with the earthly Jesus, but we have walked with those who witness His resurrected life and follow in His steps. Saint Paul calls us ‘ambassadors for Christ.’ When people ask what it means to be Christian, we can, without words, show them.

But realistically, we know that none of us perfectly image Christian virtue. Mahatma Gandhi once said that he had no problem with Christian virtue though he did have a problem with Christians. We deal with the paradox every day. And every day, we are reminded through Scripture and our Traditions in the confidence we have that God sent Jesus, Who never sinned, to bear on His shoulders our sin so that we might become righteous before God.

Ash Wednesday is the time we, as believers, enter into the desert of our hearts. We will, hopefully, encounter there our imperfections and our sins; the times when we were deceived into believing we were doing the right thing, when all the time we were just choosing the easy thing. We will rely on what the Church gives us and on Holy Scripture to lift us up onto the shoulders of Jesus Who comes to ‘make all things new;’ Who comes to set us free of our burdens and create in us ‘the new man,’ who will stand as righteous before the Face of God.

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by Father Cioppi

Forty Hours Parish Retreat

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has established a special tradition of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament spread throughout its parishes over the course of the year.

Mother of Divine Providence is home to this 40 Hour period of adoration on the first Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the Lenten Season each year. Our parish has set aside these days of prayer and adoration as an all parish retreat or mission centering ourselves on Christ though adoration and responding to the call he asks of us. We engage in prayer throughout the day in his presence from the conclusion of 8:00 AM Mass until we come together in the evening at 7:30 PM for an inspirational presentation and fellowship.

 

 

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by Susan Dugary

Due to the weather the Men’s Lenten Challenge is cancelled for Monday, March 4th

Please come to the church next Monday, March 11th at 6:45 AM to participate in the Men’s Lenten Challenge: the Beatitudes.

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by Susan Dugary

Lent Begins…

On Ash Wednesday, March 6th, we enter the Season of Lent; a time of prayer, fasting and alms giving.   Remember to participate fully in as many Lenten activities as possible so that you are well prepared to enter into the Triduum and Easter.

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on Wednesday, March 6th:  8:00 AM, 12:05 PM and 7:30 PM.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, while all other Friday’s of Lent are days of abstinence.   The list shown below is taken directly from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and should assist you in understanding the difference between abstinence and fasting:

Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices

 

Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent?  When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.

A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.”  Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.

Q. So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays?

A.  Apart from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and the days of abstinence every Friday of Lent, Catholics have traditionally chosen additional penitential practices for the whole Time of Lent.  These practices are disciplinary in nature and often more effective if they are continuous, i.e., kept on Sundays as well.  That being said, such practices are not regulated by the Church, but by individual conscience.

Q. I understand that all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat, but I’m not sure what is classified as meat.  Does meat include chicken and dairy products?

A.  Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs — all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat.  Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden.  However, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste).  Fish are a different category of animal.  Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.

Q. I’ve noticed that restaurants and grocery stores advertise specials on expensive types of fish and seafood on Fridays during Lent.  Some of my Catholic friends take advantage of these deals, but somehow I don’t feel right treating myself to the lobster special on Fridays during Lent.

A.  While fish, lobster and other shellfish are not considered meat and can be consumed on days of abstinence, indulging in the lavish buffet at your favorite seafood place sort of misses the point.  Abstaining from meat and other indulgences during Lent is a penitential practice.  On the Fridays of Lent, we remember the sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday and unite ourselves with that sacrifice through abstinence and prayer.

Q. I understand that Catholics ages 18 to 59 should fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, but what exactly are the rules for these fasts?

A.  Fasting on these days means we can have only one full, meatless meal.  Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal.  Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals.

Q.  Are there exemptions other than for age from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday?

A.  Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.  In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

MAKE IT A “GOOD” LENTEN SEASON!

Forty Hours will begin on Sunday, March 10th, immediately after the 10:30 AM Mass, and continues through Tuesday evening, March 12th.  Please take some time during your day to visit with and adore Our Lord.  Be sure to join us each evening at 7:30 PM, as Father Thomas O’Donald helps us to enter this Lent in the proper frame of mind.

 

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by Susan Dugary

2019 Catholic Charities Appeal

Please click on the link shown below to view this year’s Catholic Charities video hosted by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

https://vimeo.com/308180138

God bless your generosity!

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by Susan Dugary

‘Love is patient, love is kind:’ you know these words!

Chiara Lubich in 1943 founded a movement in Italy called (Hearth) “Focolare.” She spread her message of unity in the crucified and abandoned Christ around the world. A few years ago, she gave in Rome, an insightful meditation on the state of the world:

Humanity suffers from deafness, she said.  It can no longer hear the Word of God through speech because there is too much noise in the world. Parents and children are too busy to listen to Christ’s message. They have no time to listen for ways to heaven. They no longer hear the sounds of people crying or suffering even in their own homes.

We have to admit that our attention span becomes shorter every time we tune in to social media, TV News networks, and the like. So much information we can hardly grasp it all. Silence is becoming something we fear, because we feel alone and empty in quiet.

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by Father Cioppi

Let His Word be your spirit and life!

In the Gospel, we are at the beginning of the pastoral ministry of Jesus. He wants to lay out for us the scheme of things so we can understand the context in which he preaches by word and by deed.

He first tells us that it is the Spirit of the Lord that directs Him. The Spirit has anointed Him for a reason and that reason is ‘to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives; recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners.  He is to announce a year of favor from the Lord.’

These are radical changes in any kingdom but for the kingdom of God these are words and actions reflect the true nature of God.

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by Father Cioppi